Guest Post | The Smart Guide To Tattooing - Pros & Cons

12 January 2018

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“Tattoos used to be worn just by criminals and dirty sailors, you know,” the old man says smugly, as he regards you with a condescending gaze. “They’re for the frivolous and vain, for the prostitutes, and not smart young men and women of stature,” he drones on, as you fight not to roll your eyes. Heard it all before? Tattoos are immoral and impractical, they’ll go out of fashion, you’ll regret such a permanent mark, what will you do when you’re sixty and your skin starts to sag? We’ve heard this kind of reasoning before, but luckily, it doesn’t really represent reality. To enter a discussion about tattoos and whether you should get one, it’s important to really get all your facts straight. To help, we’ve made a quick little guide that will explain what you’ll be getting into, and what are the good and bad sides of tattoo artistry. 

A brief overview of history

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Tattoos are not, in fact, something that was only ever worn by sailors, criminals, and prostitutes. The history of tattoos is a long one, and it starts all the way back in ancient Egypt, where they indicated various things on a person, from their social status, to their religion. In Borneo, women who were particularly skilled at something had a tattoo that indicated their mastery of it. The word itself is derived from the Tahitian “tatu,” which means “to mark something.” Painting and adorning our body has always been essential to the human race, and all parts of the world have their own, varied history with tattoos. 

Different types of styles

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If you are seriously considering a tattoo, one of the most important things you should think about is the style. Some people like old school Western kind of approach, while some would love the incredibly beautiful and popular watercolour artwork. You can read about different types of styles here, and see whether you prefer realism, dotwork, geometry, or something else entirely. 

Finding the right artist

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Artists of any kind are varied, and the person who’s really good at sketch tattoos might be completely terrible at grasping the traditional old school styles. It’s not just about finding a good or bad tattoo artist, it’s about finding someone whose creativity and vision appeals to you, and who understands your own idea and can paint it on your skin. To find the right person, browse the artist’s work online, or go to their parlour and look at their portfolio. 

Remember that tattoos are long-lasting

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Tattoos last quite a while, which is both a good and a bad thing. If you have something very important to you, you can mark it on your skin permanently, you can make sure it’s there for you to look at, to remember, and to enjoy. But the issue arises if, at any point after getting inked, you realise you no longer like your tattoo. Despite what grumpy old people who associate tattoos exclusively with rebellious teens say, it’s really not the end of the world. Mistakes happen, so if you’ve inked something you regret, laser tattoo removal is a safe, efficient way to remove the ink from your skin over the course of several treatments. 

They will require touch-ups

Tattoos fade. Some of them will require retouching only after a decade, and some will need it a lot more often. It depends on the style, size, and the placement of the tattoo. For example, white ink tattoos fade more quickly, and so do tattoos on your hands, and fingers. 

You might have to cover them up

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While more accepted than ever, a lot of people still dislike tattoos and are prone to passing quick judgement if they see you with one. Unless you work in a very modern, laid-back kind of environment, you will need to cover them up and hide them to maintain a look that your boss considers to be professional. That’s why you always need to consider your tattoo placement really well. Can it be hidden underneath a button-up blouse?
Before we go, here’s a bunch of badass seniors that should answer the “But what about when I get old” question. 

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